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Cowboy (1958)

Approved | | Western | 23 March 1958 (Japan)
An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Tom Reese
... Frank Harris
... Maria Vidal / Arriega
... Doc Bender - Trail Hand
... Charlie - Trail Hand
... Paco Mendoza - Ramrod
... Paul Curtis
... Joe Capper - Trail Hand
... Mr. Fowler - Chicago Hotel Manager
Donald Randolph ... Senor Vidal - Maria's Father
... Mike Adams
... Don Manuel Arriega
... Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
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Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon, though, the tenderfoot finds out life on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been looking for... Written by Jorge Mourinha <rjmourinha@mail.telepac.pt>

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A REAL WESTERN! It's really the best...because it's really the West! See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The typical cowboy in the Old West died at age 21 from a fall off his horse. See more »

Goofs

The stampede scene had the cowboys using what appear to be 20th century model Winchesters with round barrels. They should have used octagonal-barreled model 73s. See more »

Quotes

Wagon Driver: [after a snake is thrown on him] He got me.
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a great little gem
8 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie to be excellent. I think it did not find an audience because of its dark tone. It explores the concept of death in a unique way for a western. The light comedy interspersed was a nice relief. Definitely worth watching for any western fans. Glenn Ford was magnificent. Jack Lemmon, while showing his flair for comedy, was subtly profound. The movie itself is profound in a subtle way. We can relate to Lemmon's character easily-stuck in a boring job and wishing for something more. Finding something more however, doesn't bring the joy he thought it would. He changes and grows;his relationship with Ford is terrific. This is not a western that glorifies the life of the cowboy. Rather, you see the grim, hard life that tries to suck the sweetness of man out of him.


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